Monday, February 20, 2006

Fighting Mars United Victory

Source: The Times

POLICE HAD TO INTERVENE as FC United’s North West Counties League match against Blackpool Mechanics descended into chaos on Saturday. About 4,000 fans of the club formed by Manchester United supporters after Malcolm Glazer’s takeover at Old Trafford flooded Bloomfield Road, the biggest turnout of away supporters at the ground for 20 years.

Kick-off was delayed by ten minutes when three people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly and seven fans were ejected from the ground during the game after invading the pitch. Trouble flared again in the evening when two groups of about 40 supporters were ejected from pubs for fighting. Police made another five arrests and issued a series of £80 fixed penalty fines. FC United won 4-2.